No Imminent Threat of US - North Korea Nuclear War, CIA Head Says

National security adviser H.R. McMaster and Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said an attack by North Korea does not appear imminent, and that the threat of war is no closer today than it was last week.

'I am quite confident that (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test. "He conducted two in July, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test".

Pompeo's remarks cap a week in which US President Donald Trump vowed "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States with nuclear weapons, and Pyongyang countered by announcing plans to test-launch missiles toward Guam.

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with President Moon Jae-in in Seoul on Monday amid escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear program, according to an official with South Korea's Blue House. President Donald Trump has offered fiery warnings for North Korea, saying that the USA military was "locked and loaded".

"They're closer". They're moving towards that [goal] at an ever-alarming rate", Pompeo said when asked about how close North Korea was to being able to deploy a nuclear weapon that could hit the US.

The top U.S. military officer, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, is travelling in Asia and aims to "sense what the temperature is in the region". While North Korea is testing the patience of its longtime benefactor, such a scenario could lead to a unified Korea and push USA troops right up to China's border.

"The intelligence community has actually had a pretty good picture".

"Any second Korean War would have no choice but to spread into a nuclear war", it said in a commentary.

"The US military is locked and loaded every day", McMaster said, repeating Trump's threat.

Retired Adm.Mike Mullen, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Democrat and Republican presidents, said on NBC's Meet the Press that Trump's rhetoric "eliminates maneuver space" in how the USA might respond to North Korea. Trump also said the US was considering tighter sanctions against North Korea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that Beijing has said many times the essence of China-U.S. trade and business ties is mutual benefit and that there is no future in any trade war between China and the United States. "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump". And so, America needs to take this very seriously. When asked whether he was confident Kim would heed that message, he said: "It's a very hard situation in North Korea".

While Trump's goal of North Korea abandoning its nuclear weapons may be appealing, it's unrealistic, Clapper said. North Korean officials in turn have accused the U.S. leader of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war. The military has made no significant movement of troops or equipment in recent days to prepare to fight North Korea.